Kim Parker-Llerenas, Executive Director
Over the course of her career, Kim has led a variety of public and nonprofit organizations. Prior to coming to Willamette Workforce Partnership she served as the Chief of Staff of the Department of Education’s Early Learning Division. Earlier, she served as the Assistant Director for Business and Employment Services of the Oregon Employment Department (OED). In that capacity, she led more than 400 staff charged with serving Oregonians at over 36 WorkSource offices across the State.
Prior to her work for the State, Kim served as Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Council of Clackamas County. While in that position, she also served as Executive Director of the Clackamas County Business Alliance. Earlier in her career, Kim was the Executive Director of the North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity affiliate; she began her professional life serving in a variety of leadership roles in early childhood learning. Kim has a son and daughter in their early twenties and she and her husband Salvador enjoy travel, camping, music, wine tasting and watching sports. Kim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Willamette University.
Gary Mueller, Director of Administration and Finance
After many years in lead financial positions at a variety of private sector industries, Gary moved into the non-profit world as Willamette Workforce Partnership’s Director of Finance shortly after its inception in 2007. He took a break from WWP in 2015 to work with Oregon’s four newest Workforce Boards setting up fiscal systems, developing policies, and recruiting and training permanent financial leadership. Gary returned to WWP in March of 2017 to assume an expanded role that includes the administrative functions of the organization as well as the financial work. Outside of work, he spends his time playing music, updating his house, and cross fit training. Gary holds a BS in Business Administration/Finance from Colorado State University.
Susan Barksdale, Director of Special Projects
Susan Barksdale has extensive experience developing, maintaining, and evaluating training and development programs. She has published numerous articles and books and presented at international conferences. Susan has been with Willamette Workforce Partnership., Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Workforce Board, for 7+ years. She is also the Cognitive Behavioral Specialist and Project Manager for Rethinking Job Search and developed the curriculum used in the project. In addition to her 20+ year consulting career, she has held senior management positions at two training and development firms. Susan holds Masters Degrees in the behavioral sciences from the University of Wisconsin and is a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist.
Ami Maceira, Program Director
Ami started at Willamette Workforce Partnership as an Essential Skills Specialist focused on recruiting and retention for the Career Achievement Network. She came to us with a background in social work and a passion to help others struggling with homelessness and poverty. Ami has more than ten years experience in problem-solving around the issues of impoverished lifestyles and advocates for teaching self-sustainability and tools to combat community issues. Originally from Modesto, California, Ami moved up to the Portland, Oregon area early in her career and received her Bachelors of Science in Social Work. She is one of the original founders of the Cherry City Derby Girls and is a proud mama of a little boy and two Boston terriers.
Suzie Gibson, Business Engagement Manager
Suzie has worked 10 years as a recruiter prior to being hired to Willamette Workforce Partnership as a business training specialist in 2009. Suzie is now our On-the-Job Training (OJT) Specialist and has brought the program up over the years from accommodating 1 OJT per month at the start of 2009 to 50 currently. Off the job, Suzie says that she’s very busy with her teenage kids and spends a lot of her free time cleaning up after them and their 3 dogs, a macaw, and a bunny!
Julianne Major, Executive Assistant
Julianne has many years of bookkeeping experience behind her, previously working for Les Schwab and a local mill in the accounting offices. Julianne has learned the ins and outs of accounting from on-the-job training and self-describes herself as a “hands-on learner.” She was raised in, and still resides in, Aumsville. Her second full-time job, a 7-year old (boy), along with her husband, Nathan. Any available spare time is spent tinkering around at home, scrapbooking, gardening and enjoying her family.
Veronica Rosas, Program Assistant
Veronica originally interned for Willamette Workforce Partnership in 2010, shortly after finishing her Associates degree in general studies. In addition, she holds a special certificate in juvenile correction and is considering pursuing further education in nonprofit studies. She thoroughly enjoys her job here at Willamette Workforce Partnership and says that her favorite part is the environment and the people she works with. Outside of work Veronica can be found shopping, dancing or just out with her friends.
Dean Craig, Business Services Director
Dean’s, journey to Willamette Workforce Partnership began more than 16 years ago when he was recruited from his role as Operations Manager for a manufacturing company by a local staffing agency where he spent over 15 years as the regional manager.
Shortly after starting his position as regional manager, Dean became introduced to Workforce Development when a friend “tricked” him into attending a Youth Council meeting: less than a year later he was a board member and chair of that council.
Being a board member for nearly 14 years and past board chair, coupled with his years of experience helping customers of his staffing agency with workforce issues makes him uniquely qualified for the position of Director of Business Services. Dean has a powerful desire to be of value to everyone he comes in contact with and a real passion for business.
Dean lives in a rural area between Silverton and Molalla with his wife Jodi, their rescued animals Dog Uma and two cats, Tally and Stella. He has five adult children and seven grandchildren.
His message to everyone is one he learned from his father; Work hard to be the best at whatever you do; do it with the integrity as if your grandmother was watching and yearn to learn and never stop, but do so with discernment.